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Archives: July 2007

Half the story of Sowood fund's failure

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on July 31

There are lots of fancy streets in the posh Boston suburb of Wellesley (average home price: $1.4 million), some that are fancy-shmancy and even some off-the-charts uber-fancy cul-de-sacs where...

Closed-end funds offer more bad credit plays

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on July 30

The other day, I offered up a couple of ways to hedge or speculate on the world of crashing sub-prime mortgages and loosey-goosey corporate borrowing binges. There are a zillion...

Now if the Dow lost three THOUSAND points...

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on July 27

I've been graced by good fortune this week it seems, at least blogwise, if not in my 401(k). Yesterday's entry, written before the market opened, took a quick look at...

Decoding Fund Outflows

Posted by: Lauren Young on July 26

A few weeks ago, I wrote a story for the magazine about the ways investors can use mutual fund flow data to gauge where the market is headed. Well, Tuesday’s...

Ghosts of Black Monday come a calling

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on July 26

(UPDATE: In case it's not obvious, I wrote this post Thursday morning over my first cup of coffee, well before the market opened, and posted it just as prices...

Looking for restaurant values amid tough times

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on July 25

It’s always darkest right before it goes pitch black, they like to say on Wall Street. With gas prices up, sugar, corn and chicken prices up and the minimum wage...

lululemon's IPO looks like an easy pose

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on July 24

Initial public offerings of specialty retailers have been hot for a while now, perhaps starting with Crocs (Symbol: CROX). The not-plastic (as I used to think) shoe maker went public...

Starbucks is under attack from the french fry king

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on July 16

I like Douglas McIntyre's 24/7 Wall Street blog a lot but today, over on, he's questioning the McDonalds-Starbucks competition that's so obvious I wonder what he's missing. First the...

Avoiding the damage of a corporate bond meltdown

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on July 13

Default rates on corporate bonds hit a 25-year low last year. Meanwhile, the extra yield paid by junk bonds over the rates of ultra-safe U.S. Treasury securities, the yield premium,...

Viewsonic IPO looks like a dim bulb

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on July 12

Sometimes a company files to go public and when you read their recent business track record you can't help but wonder what the heck are they thinking. Vonage is the...

Tyco and Morgan Stanley spinoffs spotted

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on July 10

Back in April, I had a story on spotting undervalued spin-offs and a related blog post. Now some of those deals have popped onto the market and it's time to...

IPOs chugging along despite skeptics

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on July 02

Amidst all the excitement over the $2 billion Och-Ziff Capital Management IPO filing, the good folks over at Renaissance Capital's, who track initial public offerings while managing the IPO...


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